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The 25 Best Movies Of Summer 2012

23. Cosmpolis

Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche, Samathan Morton, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel

Cosmopolis is, to put it bluntly, a difficult film to like. It's as if director David Cronenberg doesn't want audiences to walk away from his adaptation of novelist Don DeLillo's dark satire of corporate soullessness with immediate satisfaction, if any enjoyment at all.

Cosmopolis, which follows a young, suave Wall Street tycoon (a surprisingly commanding Robert Pattinson) as he navigates a particularly eventful day in NYC inside a claustrophobic limousine, is coldly performed, densely plotted, and ripe with impenetrable dialogue. Upon a first viewing, moviegoers are liable to scratch their heads while considering outright hatred versus numbed indifference.

If you find yourself in such a situation after bravely experiencing the iconic Cronenberg's latest thought-provoker, though, do yourself a favor and give Cosmopolis at least one more chance. Simply for its audacity, the film deserves admiration, achieving a funereal unease through cryptic conversations, self-aware pretentiousness, and a frustrating main character who's so dead inside that even he hates himself. Feeling the same way about Cosmopolis itself is perfectly reasonable. Something tells us that Cronenberg wouldn't have it any other way.

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